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Match Preview: Raith Rovers (A)

By David Robson

TEAM NEWS 

Head Coach Stuart Taylor has revealed the Accies squad is in its best shape since he arrived at the start of the season. 

There is only one doubt for the match against Raith Rovers, but the Accies boss is confident of having him ready for the clash. 

Taylor said: “It’s the first time since I’ve been at the club that we’ve had everybody out of the physio room, and we had training yesterday.

“It’s the best position we’ve been in as we have only got one player that we are looking at that might be a doubt for the weekend. Everybody else has came through the sessions really well. I’m confident the player will be available too though. 

“Now that everybody is back training, we just need to get them up to match speed. That’s the only situation we are in just now but that will come in time through training that we do and work that we give the lads. They’ll be up and ready quick, it’s just a case then of getting them game time.”

LAST TIME OUT 

It has been three months since the last meeting between the two sides Raith Rovers picking up a 3-0 win at New Douglas Park. 

The game before that was a 4-4 draw at Stark’s Park in the opening game of the league campaign. 

FORM 

Accies come into this game with a decent run of form. They are unbeaten in six of the last eight games.

Three points on Saturday could kickstart some momentum with another tough away game against league leaders Arbroath up next for the Accies.

MANAGER’S NOTES 

Stuart Taylor has revealed the Accies side are working hard to find the ruthless streak in their play but insisted it will take time.

Taylor said: “In the last game we played against them I think we created opportunities, but I think they were more ruthless. John McGlynn has been up there for three or four years, and he’s certainly given Raith Rovers a new way of playing and a lot of that has shown and is coming out now, so it does take time. 

“I think when we played them earlier on in the season, we knew it was going to be a difficult game and we had to change how we go about our work a little bit. It’s really important that while we watch out for their strengths, it’s important that we stick to our strengths and highlight any weaknesses that they may have. 

“We need to be more ruthless, we are working on that, and we are getting there.”

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